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Mozambique, 28 August 2015: Sports helps improve adolescent girl school performance

© UNICEF Mozambique/2015/Julio Dengucho
“I didn’t dedicate myself to my studies, so my mother was very worried about me. I had difficulty concentrating in class and my participation was low. But capoeira helped me to improve”, says Yunne, 11 years old.

“I didn’t dedicate myself to my studies, so my mother was very worried about me. I had difficulty concentrating in class and my participation was low. But capoeira helped me to improve”, affirms Yunne, 11 years old and a student in the 7th grade at primary school.

One day, during a workshop organised by one of the associations affiliated with the Children’s Network. Yunne’s mother heard from participants about the benefits of sports for school performance.

While with the association, Yunne and her mother came across adolescents that were training in capoeira. “I was impressed by the coordination of movement, dance and music”, confessed Yunne. “I asked my mother if I could join the group, but she advised me to pick something else, since she thought that capoeira was ‘something for boys’.”

But Yunne didn’t conform. She kept insisting. “I begged my mother, she ended up agreeing and so afterwards I joined the group.”

A week later, Yunne started to notice a difference in her physical and psychological state. Her concentration in class improved and now was participating in different school activities. “You know, capoeira makes me feel really good, it helps me to relax, to have attention and concentration in my studies. “My mother is really proud of me, because my grades improved.”

Yunne’s participation in capoeira encouraged more girls to join, challenging gender relations and social norms that traditionally define some sports as only for boys or girls.

According to Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, sport and recreation constitute a child’s right, and it is agreed that regular physical activity is fundamental for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of children and adolescents.

The Children’s Network, in collaboration with UNICEF, developed activities together with community associations, to promote life skills. As part of these activities, UNICEF organised a painting workshop during the “Festival of Music”, at the French-Mozambican Cultural Centre (CCFM), where Yunne participated in the company of around 100 children, to illustrate their points of view about the rights of children through designs and paintings, which will be used to sensitise the public and in advocacy for the rights of children.

 

 
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